Democrats Meeting in New Orleans

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Democrats plan to pick up a few hammers and shovels at a Democratic National Committee meeting that begins today in New Orleans.

The Crescent City is a political choice. The attendees plan to use it to highlight their criticism of the Bush administration.

The meeting's three-day agenda combines party business with community service.

The 400 delegates attending plan to wield hammers, crowbars and shovels to help clean out hurricane-ravaged homes while they are there.

Democrats hope their reconstruction work leaves an image with voters that lasts through this fall's congressional midterm elections.

Republicans say the meeting in New Orleans is grandstanding and an attempt to get "cheap political points at the expense of Louisiana and the White House."